Aside from being a just-out-of-college, loan-ridden newbie who could barely afford ramen noodles—let alone lofty awards for my new classroom-management system—I realized over time that the best incentives were low-cost or free because they actually worked more effectively.,Another advantage of low- or no-cost prizes like two minutes of free time for students or a premier parking spot is that you can offer them more frequently than some end-of-year grand prize.,Undoing costly resource-heavy rewards and incentives takes some time but the payoff is well worth it.,You can start at any time, but be patient: Transferring from extrinsic resource-heavy rewards to low- or no-cost incentives takes time, but it pays off huge dividends in your school community.,Students and staff buy in, there’s a positive energy and competitive spirit, and it certainly feels better than bargaining with kids over 90 minutes of unstructured free time.

The traditional signing day Wednesday merely padded Oregon's already stellar recruiting class, the best in school history.,GETTING DEFENSIVE: Washington capped its recruiting class by landing two of the top defensive players on the West Coast.,Washington had seemed to be the favorite for Heimuli for most of the recruiting period, but his Menlo-Atherton team advancing to the state title game in California impacted his ability to make a decision in time for the December signing period.,The abrupt departure of new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury after 34 days shook up the Trojans' recruiting class and led to the departure of receiver commit Bru McCoy, who spurned USC for Texas.,The day had an international flavor with the Utes bringing in 6-foot-7 offensive lineman Bamidele Olaseni, a native of London who played last year for Garden City Community College in Kansas, and fellow 6-foot-7 offensive lineman Luke Felix-Fualalo, a former rugby player in Australia who played last year for prep powerhouse Mater Dei in California.

The midterm election was an upset for those rooting for Republican Toni Boucher, of Wilton,  who lost the race for Connecticut’s 26th State Senate District seat to 22-year-old Democrat Will Haskell, of New Canaan, by more than 2,000 votes.,The Planning and Zoning Commission has held numerous public hearings this year on applications submitted by Wilton Heights, LLC, which is proposing to redevelop 300 Danbury Road and several properties on Whitewood Lane with mixed-use buildings consisting of retail space and residential units.,At the Planning and Zoning Commission’s Nov. 13 public hearing on Wilton Heights LLC’s application, historic commission chair Allison Sanders said that the developer’s plans, as proposed, included the demolition of the two structures.,At the Planning and Zoning Commission’s Nov. 26 public hearing, Dix said she worries that the proposed development would overshadow Wilton Center.,Wilton residents were vocal in their opposition to a proposed roundabout for the intersection of Belden Hill Road and Wolfpit Road at a public hearing held by the Department of Transportation (DOT) on June 5.

The Seattle Seahawks’ Blue Thunder drum line participated and the team’s recent draft pick, Shaquem Griffin, served as grand marshall for the parade of athletes into Husky Stadium., Microsoft President Brad Smith was among a number of executives who would be competing in the first-ever ESPN / Special Olympics Unified Sports Challenge at the UW’s Husky Ballpark later on Sunday., The execs, their employees, celebrities and Special Olympics athletes — on teams of five people — were competing in multiple Unified Sports challenges including Hot Shot Basketball, Penalty Shot Soccer, Electronic Dance Game, Bocce, Inflatable Dart Board, Football Accuracy Challenge, Giant Memory Game and Golf Putting., Microsoft’s Smith also took the stage at Husky Stadium as honorary chairman of the Games to offer his own comments in support of the athletes., The app, developed by AppInteract on Microsoft’s Azure platform, features sports schedules, details on athletes and teams, venue information, events and news.